Yasiel Puig Angrily Flips Bat and Nearly Hits Matt Kemp in On-Deck Circle

We've seen Yasiel Puig work the bat flip after home runs, doubles and even long fly balls that are caught. But this is a new one. In the third inning of the Dodgers-Braves game, Mike Minor induced a first-pitch lazy fly ball from Puig, and the star outfielder wasn't happy with himself. So he flipped his bat and took off toward first base. But Puig likely underestimated his strength, as it flew all the way toward Matt Kemp, who had to move to avoid being hit by the flying bat. Yasiel Puig. Only he can make pop-ups exciting. [MLB GIFs]Read more MLB news on BleacherReport.com


Felix Hernandez’s Historic Season Deserves Kershaw-Like Attention

Felix Hernandez is having a historically good season, arguably the best of his 10-year career with the Seattle Mariners. Unfortunately, with Clayton Kershaw having another Cy Young-caliber year for the large-market Los Angeles Dodgers, King Felix hasn’t received the league-wide attention he deserves. Felix’s assault on baseball’s record books continued Monday night, as the 28-year-old right-hander allowed one run on three hits over seven innings at home against the Toronto Blue Jays, striking out eight batters without issuing a walk. The performance extended his major-league-record streak to 16 games in which he’s logged seven or more innings and allowed two or fewer runs. On the season, Hernandez owns a 13-3 record with a 1.95 ERA and 194-32 strikeout-to-walk ratio over 180.1 innings, and he’s held opposing hitters to a .191 batting average and .505 OPS. His seven innings pitched in the game gave Hernandez 2,005 for his career, making him the youngest pitcher since ...


Tigers’ David Price 1st in Majors to Reach 200 Strikeouts in 2014

Detroit Tigers pitcher David Price is the first hurler to reach the 200-strikeout mark this season, having hit the milestone with his first punchout in a six-K performance during Sunday's 6-5 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays. Price hardly turned in his best outing in a game that would ultimately last 19 innings, as he surrendered three runs over six frames in his second appearance since being traded by the Tampa Bay Rays. While the six strikeouts would represent a nice total for nearly any other pitcher, the big lefty has only failed to reach that mark in two of his 25 outings this season. He fanned 10 batters in his Tigers debut last week, marking his 10th double-digit strikeout game of the season. Though Price was long positioned to win the race to 200 punchouts, the competition this season was unusually stiff. Heading into Tuesday's slate of game, Seattle Mariners ace Felix ...


Marlins’ Giancarlo Stanton Sets Franchise Record for Multi-Homer Games

With a pair of long balls in Monday's 6-5 win over the St. Louis Cardinals, Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton recorded the 13th multi-homer game of his career, setting a new franchise record, per ESPN Stats & Info. The previous mark of 12 was held by Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez, who played for the Marlins from 2006 through July of 2012. Ramirez and Stanton are now tied at 148 for second place on the Marlins' all-time home runs list, trailing Dan Uggla (154) by only six. Uggla and Ramirez homered in the same game 22 times, a then-MLB record for a double-play combo that has since been broken by the Philadelphia Phillies' Chase Utley and Jimmy Rollins. When it comes to Stanton, there's been no shortage of statistics to quantify his achievements, as the young slugger seems to be paving a path to Cooperstown. Per Lee Sinins of Complete Baseball Encyclopedia, Stanton's 148 ...


Yankees’ Ichiro Suzuki Passes George Sisler on All-Time Hits List

While another member of the New York Yankees has received plenty of attention for his ascension on MLB's all-time hits list, Yankees outfielder Ichiro Suzuki is quietly embarking on his own journey to surpass some of the legends of the game. With a single in Saturday's contest against the Cleveland Indians, Suzuki passed Hall of Famer George Sisler for 48th place on the hits list, recording No. 2,811 of his career. After adding a double in Sunday's series finale, Suzuki stands at 2,812, 27 shy of Charlie Gehringer in 47th place. Now limited to a part-time role, the 40-year-old former superstar faces an uphill battle to join the vaunted 3,000-hits club, which has just 28 members. However, whether or not he reaches the milestone, Suzuki has already cemented his place in the Hall of Fame, as he didn't begin his MLB career until the age of 27, when he memorably took home AL ...


Blue Jays’ Melky Cabrera Achieves Slew of Rare Feats in 19-Inning Marathon

Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera had an unusual Sunday, recording five walks and three hits in his team's 19-inning marathon with the Detroit Tigers. Per MLB Stat of the Day, Cabrera became the first player in major-league history with five walks and three hits in the same game. He also became the 105th player since 1914 to record a five-walk game, as the feat isn't quite as rare as you might expect. The "Melkman" is the first player since Rod Carew on May 12, 1972 to reach base safely eight times in one game, according to MLB Stat of the Day. As busy as his day was, Cabrera somehow failed to cross the plate, though he did drive in a lone run with a seventh-inning single, his second hit of the contest. After Cabrera started the game with just one hit in three-at bats, the RBI single began a stretch of seven consecutive ...


Yankees’ Derek Jeter Moves into 6th Place on All-Time Hits List

New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter moved into sixth place on MLB's all-time hits list Saturday, passing fellow shortstop Honus Wagner, per MLB Milestones on Twitter. For the milestone hit, No. 3,431 of his career, Jeter dribbled a little bouncer to the left side of the infield in the sixth inning of Saturday's game against the Cleveland Indians. Indians third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall attempted to field the ball bare-handed but was unable to do so. With Jeter standing on first base, manager Joe Girardi stepped out onto the field and called timeout to retrieve the Cooperstown-bound bat and baseball as the Yankee Stadium crowd stood and applauded their captain for yet another milestone. Wagner, a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame's inaugural class in 1936, played 21 major league seasons from 1897 to 1917 for the Louisville Colonels and Pittsburgh Pirates.  After spending three years in Louisville, Wagner was traded to the Pirates ...


Cold Hard Fact for Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Fact: The Royals were eight games out of first place in the AL Central on July 21. They have gone 16-3 since to move into the division lead. Bleacher Report will be bringing sports fans the most interesting and engaging Cold Hard Fact of the day, presented by Coors Light. Source: ESPN Stats & InfoRead more MLB news on BleacherReport.com


Orioles Star Adam Jones Shares a Pie with a Rescue Dog

Although Baltimore Orioles star Adam Jones loves pieing his teammates, he didn't mind saving one to share with a rescue dog. In order to promote the team's pet calendar and the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter, according to The Washington Post's Scott Allen, Jones took a pie with him when he went to hang out with the rescue dog. No, he didn't smash the dog in the face in the pie. He did, however, eat the pie with his animal friend. The best part about the snack is that the Orioles outfielder didn't even bother with a fork. Jones went right in with his face, just like the dog. [Vine]Read more MLB news on BleacherReport.com


Why We Still Haven’t Seen the Best of Giancarlo Stanton’s Huge Talent

Giancarlo Stanton has spent all of the 2014 Major League Baseball season showing us how great he is. He spent all of Monday's game showing us how great he can still be. Stanton did a little of everything as the Miami Marlins hung on for a 6-5 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals. Well known for his prodigious power, Stanton put his team up 3-0 with a pair of homers—the first to right field and the second a 470-foot moon shot to left—on his way to a 2-for-3 night with two runs and three RBI. With the long balls, Stanton brought his season total to 31, tying him with Chicago White Sox rookie slugger Jose Abreu and Nelson Cruz of the Baltimore Orioles for the MLB lead. But Stanton wasn't just all about offense Monday. He also made a lunging, highlight-reel catch on the warning track in deep right field to rob Kolten Wong of ...


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